Bragging is is usually frowned upon by people in many countries. However, In today’s world bragging is necessary in order to promote yourself. If you downplay your achievements, others will grab credit for the work you have done. There are three popular myths about self promotion:
(Myth 1) Job Well Done Speaks for Itself:
A job done well speaks only if the organization notices it. Years ago, when I was an internal auditor, I pro actively identified and plugged a revenue leakage in my company’s billing software. This resulted in potential savings of 20 million annually for my company. However, I failed to make the relevant people notice the projected savings as a result of my job. On the annual, while sales men who achieved half a million sales were recognized, I got no recognition though I added several millions to the company’s profits.
(Myth 2) Humility Gets You Noticed:
Humility actually makes you invisible. Look around in your own company and see how many employees with this great quality gets promoted.
(Myth 3) My Friends / Colleagues Will Do Promotion For Me:
People are so busy securing their own position in today’s world. Do not trust any person when it comes to self promotion. You need to promote yourself actively for your own survival and for grabbing good opportunities.
If done with grace and style, bragging artfully communicates your talents and accomplishments without you sounding like a pompous ass. By this a person can gain connections, motivation, and skills that can lead to plum assignments, raises and promotions, and stronger professional relationships.
For anybody who would like to learn the art of self promotion, I would recommend one of my favorite books ‘BRAG!’ By Peggy Klaus which I read long back and from where some of the ideas given above are borrowed.
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